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When should you cruise Northern Norway

Posted February 18th, 2017

Norway, with its striking mountain ranges, breathtaking fjords and extraordinary glaciers, is a remarkable place to visit at any time of year. Yet, to tick some truly unique travel experiences off your bucket list, you’ll need to know exactly when to make the voyage to northern Norway, which is situated in the Arctic Circle.

November Till February – The Dark

The Polar Night is the natural phenomenon whereby night lasts for more than 24 hours. This unusual occurrence is the result of Earth’s axial tilt; during the northern hemisphere’s winter months, the hemisphere is furthest from the sun and the northernmost parts receive limited light. The Polar Night generally lasts between the months of November and February. However, this varies depending on exactly where you are located. Not all places in northern Norway will experience complete darkness 24/7 either – the further north you go, the less light you’ll see. The archipelago of Svalbard, for example, doesn’t see the sun for the full four months, while in the city of Tromsø, the sun disappears for approximately six weeks.

Why visit Northern Norway during these months?

Apart from the once-in-a-lifetime experience of having limited to no sunlight (imagine the travel stories you’ll have), you’ll also have a strong chance of experiencing Aurora Borealis, arguably one of the biggest tourist attractions for northern Europe. Also known as the Northern Lights, this natural phenomenon fills the sky with luminescent streaks of greens, blues, reds, and pinks. If you enjoy experiencing Christmas traditions from around the world, this is also the time to book your Norway trip! You can combine your holiday festivities with classic snow activities, including dog sledding, snow scooter trips and sleigh rides. 

May to August – The Light

On the other end of the spectrum is the Midnight Sun, where the sun remains in the sky and there is little to no darkness. Similar to the Polar Night, the amount of darkness you’ll experience will vary depending on how far north you are – Svalbard again represents one of the extremes, with no darkness for the longest amount of time.

Why visit Northern Norway during these months?

If you can’t bear icy cold temperatures and love getting the most out of each day, you’ll be in your element. While it may be too warm for sledding and skiing, you can enjoy a range of activities, from night-time golfing to kayaking and glacier hiking. This time of year is also ideal for seeing wildlife, including polar bears, sperm whales and puffins, and attending the country’s many music festivals. Visitors who have experienced the Midnight Sun speak about the magnificent golden glow of the sky and try to capture its unique splendour on photographic film.

Are you inspired to see the stunning scenery of northern Norway and experience the amazing Midnight Sun or Polar Night? To learn more and to find a cruise with the right dates and itinerary, contact us on 1300 954 661 now. Our experienced cruise consultants are ready to answer any questions you may have.

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